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Tories would have complained, and said he had favoured the Spanish trade, under pretence of hindering an expedition which was never designed. It was strongly reported last week that Haddock had shot himself; a satire on his having been neutral, as they call it.
The Parliament met the day before yesterday, and there were four hundred and eighty-seven members present. They did no business, only proceeded to choose a Speaker, which was, unanimously, Mr. Onslow1, moved for by Mr. Eelharn2, and seconded by Mr. Clutterbuck3. But the Opposition, to flatter his pretence to popularity and impartiality, call him their own Speaker. They intend to oppose Mr, Earle's4 being Chairman of the Committee, and to set up a Pr. Lee6, a civilian. To-morrow the King makes his Speech. "Well, I won't keep you any longer in suspense. The Court will have a majority of forty—a vast number for the outset: a good majority, like a good sum of money, soon makes itself bigger. The first great point will be the Westminster election; another, Mr. Pulteney's ° election at Heydon ;
LETTER 54.—1 Arthur Onslow (1691-1768), son of IV>ot Onslow, Commissioner of Excise; Speaker of the House of Commons in. the five Parliaments (1727, 1734, 1741, 1747, 1764) of. the reign, of George II.
2 Hon. Henry Pelham (31696-1754), second son of first Lord Pelham, and brother of the Duke of Newcastle; Treasurer of the Chamber, 1720; Lor;d of the Treasury, 1721; Secretary at War, 1724 ; First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister), 1743-54.
8 Thomas Clutterbuck, Lord of the Admiralty, 1732 ; Lord of the Treasury, 1741; Treasurer of the Navy, 1742.
* Giles Earle (d. 1758), Comptroller of the Bang's Household, 1720; Commissioner of the Irish Eevenue, 1728; Lord of the Treasury, 1788. He was Chairman of Committees of Elections
in two Parliaments (from 1727 to 1741). His covetousness and wit are alluded to by Horace Walpolo in a note on Sir C. H. Williams' Dialogue between Giles Earla and, Bubb Doddington, published in Han-bury Williams' WorJca (1822).
6 George (1700-1758), fifth son of Sir Thomas Lee, second Baronet, of Hartwell; M.P. for Brackley. Soe also note on letter to Mann, Dec. 16, 1741.
6 William Pulteney (J.682-1764), cr. (JujLy 18, 1742) Earl of Bath; M.P. for Jiiddlesex; Secretary at War, 1714-17; Cofferer of the Household, 1723-24. He had been a close friend of Sir Eobert Walpole, but in 1724 they quarrelled, and Pulteney went into violent opposition. In conjunction with Boling-broke he inspired the Crojtsmcm, a, Berjodioal which, contained the